The Swell Essay

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Guadalupe Laiz ASSIGNMENT 6: A Critical Look at Propaganda Literatura Norteamericana del Siglo XX December, Sunday 18th 2011 1. Explain/Explore, list a possible definition of propaganda. (2p) Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position so as to benefit oneself or one's group. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda is often biased, with facts selectively presented (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political, or other type of agenda. Propaganda can be used as a form of political warfare. While the term propaganda has acquired a strongly negative connotation by association with its most manipulative and jingoistic examples, propaganda in its original sense was neutral, and could refer to uses that were generally benign or innocuous, such as public health recommendations, signs encouraging citizens to participate in a census or election, or messages encouraging people to report crimes to the police, among others. Source: wekepedia Definition of propaganda 1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.. 2.The deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc. 3.The particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement. Source: Religious propagation The term 'propaganda' first appeared in 1622 when Pope Gregory XV established the Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith.

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